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Court holds final preliminary hearings before inquest into Princess Diana's death

A judge who will conduct the formal inquest into the death of Princess Diana a decade ago is set to preside Wednesday at the last preliminary hearing.

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The long-delayed inquest into the death of the princess and her companion, Dodi Fayed, is scheduled to open on Oct. 2.

Lord Justice Scott Baker, who has been appointed coroner to conduct the inquest, may need to continue the preliminary hearing into Thursday, court officials said.

Diana and Fayed died on Aug. 31, 1997, along with their driver, Henri Paul, when their car crashed at an underpass in Paris.